What is Epidural Steroid Injection?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most Popular Types: Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection, Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection, Caudle Blocks

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See also: Steroid Injections

Epidural Steroid Injection is an injection of long lasting steroid in the space that surrounds the spinal cord and the nerves coming out of it. The injection consists of a mixture of local anesthetic and the steroid medication and is used to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain.

Purpose
Patients
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Epidural Steroid Injection

Severe
8
Moderate
9
Mild
16
None
30

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Epidural Steroid Injection

Hospitalization
Patients
24
Patients
11
Patients
5
Patients
4
Patients
3

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Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Epidural Steroid Injection)
Dosage
1other as needed
Patients
12
Dosage
one time
Patients
3
Dosage
1 other every 3 months
Patients
3
Dosage
1 other monthly
Patients
3
Dosage
1 mg every other week
Patients
3
Dosage
100mg as needed
Patients
2
Dosage
monthly
Patients
2
Dosage
1 other every other week
Patients
2
Dosage
0mg as needed
Patients
1
Dosage
1,000mg as needed
Patients
1

Dosages based on patients currently taking Epidural Steroid Injection.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Epidural Steroid Injection (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
43
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
28
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
11
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
9
Reason
Other
Patients
9
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
6
Reason
Expense
Patients
5
Reason
Personal research
Patients
3
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
3
See all 89 patients who’ve stopped taking Epidural Steroid Injection

Duration

Currently Taking Epidural Steroid Injection
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
2
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
1
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
7
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
7
Stopped Taking Epidural Steroid Injection
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
19
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
9
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
5
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
6
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
8
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
7

Adherence


Always
Patients
48
76%
Usually
Patients
3
5%
Sometimes
Patients
6
10%
Never
Patients
6
10%

Burden


Very
Patients
13
21%
Somewhat
Patients
18
29%
A little
Patients
13
21%
Not at all
Patients
19
30%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
25
66%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
17
45%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
1
3%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
3
8%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
6
16%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
11
29%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Epidural Steroid Injection after stopping:
Treatment name(s)
Lacidipine (Midotens, Motens, Tens (Lacidipine))
Patients
1
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9 patient evaluations for Epidural Steroid Injection

Uncle Buck
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Uncle Buck
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 73y
  • Organ: Heart/Kidney
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
  1. Heart : 9y Transplanted
  2. Kidney : 6y Transplanted
I have:
Heart Transplant

See Uncle Buck's full Epidural Steroid Injection history

Feb 3, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Radiculopathy lumbar and cervical: None
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: A little
Advice & Tips: This treatment is only temporary. Must retake every 6 months for it to help. Cannot see spending that much money for temp results.

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fatherofs
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fatherofs
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender:
  • Age:
Condition: 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported

See fatherofs's full Epidural Steroid Injection history

Sep 10, 2011 (Started Jul 21, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Degenerative Disc Disease: None
  • Perceived effectiveness for Sciatic Neuralgia: None
  • Perceived effectiveness for Herniated Disc: None
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 60 mg Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: According to the literautre the efficacy of epidural steroid injections for the treatment of herniated disc disorder is questionable. However, I personally know several people who greatly benefited from such injections. In fact, their problem is yet to return, and it was many years ago. Therefore I believe that these injections are worth trying, despite the fact that I received 4 injections by more than 1 Dr and had no pain relief whatsoever. The point for the patient to evaluate before scheduling such injections is to verify that the dose of the steroid that the Dr wants to injects is not lowered after each injection, and that it is constantly high. There was one clinic that wanted to inject decreasing doses of steroids and I left this clinic to do other injections with a different Dr. I also think that if these inejctions do not help for sciatic pain and the pain is intractable, it is time to start searching for a surgeon. One additional point regarding epidural steroid injections is that I think that it is worth trying 3 injections. So if you don't have any benefit from the first 2 injections, it is still worth trying at least 1 additional injection.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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Chigi
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Chigi
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: None
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:M53y
FM:7y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Mar 9, 2011 (Started Nov 04, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Neck pain: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain in lower back: Slight
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: The injection only worked for a month and VERY expensive, almost not worth doing except it did make it easier to walk
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in legs, feet and ankles

Nov 22, 2010 (Started Nov 04, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Neck pain: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain in lower back: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I used ice then a hot bath to ease the pain of the injection and OTC ib for the headaches which only lasted a day. It helped wth my arm pain and numbness. I am walking better because of it. Seems to help with pain but does not elimate all of it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in legs, feet and ankles

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